To MacBook Pro or not to MacBook Pro

I am currently thinking about making the leap and purchasing a MacBook Pro.  I have thought about it previously, but they always seemed prohibitively expensive, and I never really saw the point in owning one.  However, I think it is time for me to jump on the bandwagon, since I am (hopefully) going to be doing more personal software projects, and should really invest in a machine that is going to last.  So, that being said, what are my options?

  • 13″ or 15″
  • Retina display or not (obviously going for the Retina display – it would be rude not to)
  • i7 or i5
  • 8GB or 16GB RAM
  • 256GB, 512GB or 1TB HDD

We also have to factor in the fact that Apple just (as of March) upgraded the 13″ with a new pressure sensitive Trackpad (the Force Touch Trackpad), but has not (yet) upgraded the 15″ in the same way.  Does this mean that an upgraded 15″ MacBook Pro is going to come out later in the year?  Can I wait that long?  Probably not.

So I am currently leaning towards a 13″ MacBook Pro, with the 2.9GHz i5 processor, 512GB HDD, and upgrade to 16GB RAM.  I also fancy a nice little sleeve for it, like this one.  I figure that I would prefer the portability of the 13″, since I have had a few 15″ laptops in the past which always felt overly cumbersome and stopped me taking it out much.  Also, I can always just plug it in to a screen to get that extra desktop space.  As for storage, I wouldn’t consider leaving anything important on a laptop anyway, so I already have the external storage I would need.

Once I have this shiny new piece of technology, I will have to finally learn how to use a Mac (I’m sure it is easy enough), but I will probably put Parallels on it to run Windows 8.1 (or 10) side-by-side, so that I can continue with .Net development.

Anyways, I will update with what I decide to order, and perhaps put up an un-boxing post on the site too!